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NASA awards Sounding Rocket Operations follow-on contract

NASA has awarded the Sounding Rocket Operations IV (NSROC IV) contract to Peraton Inc. of Herndon, Virginia, to support suborbital flight operations managed by the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

This follow-on contract provides cost-plus-award-fee core requirements and indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity quantity, cost-plus-award-fee task orders, along with additional option periods.

The basic period of performance is from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2024. The four option periods, if exercised, would extend the contract through Sept. 30, 2028. The total potential contract value is $330.3 million if all options are exercised.

The NSROC IV contractor is responsible for design, fabrication, integration, and performing flight qualification testing of suborbital payloads. In addition, the contractor provides launch vehicles and associated hardware along with other activities associated with launch operations and related services for the NASA Sounding Rockets Program Office.

The work will be performed at Wallops and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; remote launch sites including Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Andoya Space Center with sites in Andenes and Svalbard, Norway; and mobile launch sites including Reagan Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll and Equatorial Launch Australia in Nhulunbuy, Australia. Additional mobile launch sites are anticipated during the NSROC IV contract and other locations may be specified in task order awards.

The agency’s Sounding Rocket Program is conducted at Wallops, which is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA's Heliophysics Division manages the sounding rocket program for the agency.

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